Corey Taylor Thinks Chris Adler Asked Lars Ulrich for Advice on Working with Dave Mustaine


Today in “How can I cram four of the most popular bands in metal into one headline without even trying that hard,” the following headline popped up on Loudwire [story originated on Metal Injection]:

Chris Adler Asked Lars Ulrich for Advice on Working with Dave Mustaine

So shoehorning Corey Taylor’s name in there for the sake of clicks was really easy. I barely even had to try! This shit writes itself. GIMME THOSE CLICKS, BAY-BAY!

“I’ll take way too many prepositions in this headline for $500, Alex…”

So uh, yeah. MetalSucks has already gotten ad revenue on account of you, but I’ll explain the story anyway: since Dave Mustaine is notoriously difficult to work with, Chris Adler — who played on the 2015 ‘Deth album Dystopia — sought out Lars Ulrich’s advice on dealing with Mustaine before accepting the invitation to join the band. The choice of Ulrich seems a bit odd given he last worked with Mustaine some 35 years before — why not, like, Chris Broderick? — but I guess they may’ve dealt with each other in a business capacity since?

Adler told the Metal Injection Livecast of what Lars said to him:

“After I got the call, I actually called Lars. We had toured together and connected to some degree. And I said, ‘Hey, man, I just got, like, a legit offer to play, or at least try out, I guess, for the new Megadeth record. And I think heavy metal, in general, is a bigger genre because of the drama between you guys. So, what, if anything, would you allow me to know about what am I getting into if I go into this?’ And Lars told me what was exactly the truth: Dave is an absolute pussycat. He is a sweetheart – he really is. But he’s driven.”

“He has a vision in mind and it’s perfectly defined and nothing outside of it is acceptable,” Adler continues. “And I love that. I’ve had the same idea. In my career, that’s exactly the way that I have kind of come up, and that’s why Dave and I got along. Now, that doesn’t mean you have the people skills to make it work or the ability to actually get to that end. I mean, those are difficult things that we all go through in whatever it is that we do. You know where you wanna be, you find that point on the horizon, and that is how you get it done – you believe in yourself and do it.”

And then Corey Taylor found 20 bucks.

Listen to the full Metal Injection livecast episode here.

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